#Girona Grounded By #Barcelona In #LaLiga Match.

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28th January, 2018

 

Playing against Barcelona one on one has always been a difficult enough exercise because of the way they tend to keep the ball to themselves most of the time. So, when you make the mistake of losing one of your men in a game against them, well your chances of even getting a draw out of that game is virtually impossible.

That is surely one of the lessons Girona learnt in their match-up against Barcelona on Sunday as they got taught some real footballing lesson by their  more popular and exposed neighbours from Catalonia.

Captain “Marvellous Messi” and Nelson Semedo and earned Barcelona a 2-0 win in the Catalan derby over Girona on Sunday, but there were several other impressive performers in the victory and some who didn’t shine as bright as they normally do.

Marc-Andre ter Stegen was surely one of the best players as a result of his impressive saves and the fact that he got the team going forward for the second goal.

Right here below, we take a look at how the Barcelona players fared in this game.

Marc-Andre ter Stegen

He kept Barcelona ahead with some good saves and then turned creator from deep for the second.

Nelson Semedo

Not only was he solid in defence, but he scored the opener with a rare appearance in the opposition’s danger area.

Gerard Pique

He wasn’t at his best and it was noticeable, but he did okay and even denied a goal on the line.

Clement Lenglet

He was beaten on a number of occasions and most of Girona’s chances came with him as the focal point.

Jordi Alba

Unusually, he wasn’t as involved as he normally is, even if he did get an assist to set up the second goal.

Ivan Rakitic

He was another who wasn’t quite at his normal level and he made strange decisions in the final third.

Sergio Busquets

It was an uncomfortable afternoon for the midfielder, picking up a yellow card that ruled him out of next weekend’s match.

Arturo Vidal

His intensity wasn’t enough and, despite his hard work, he didn’t do much with the ball.

Lionel Messi

The Argentine showed his desire in the first half and his effort told in the second when he got his goal.

Luis Suarez

Like many of his teammates, he wasn’t on his game and lacked precision.

Philippe Coutinho

It was yet another worrying performance from the Brazilian, who is looking more and more like a square peg in a round hole, but an expensive one.

Arthur

He improved the team when he came on for Arturo Vidal and he helped Barcelona to keep the ball when that was what they needed most.

Thomas Vermaelen

He was a late arrival to prevent Lenglet picking up a second yellow card.

Sergi Roberto

He only featured for a few minutes and he might have a bigger role to play against Sevilla on Wednesday.

Ernesto Valverde

He reverted to his strongest XI, but you couldn’t tell as some of his stars didn’t quite shine.